Van der Valk Custom


The rhythm of life

Currently in build for experienced hands-on owners, everything from the waterline up on this delightful all-aluminium tri-deck superyacht has been custom-designed by Guido de Groot. A rich focus on outdoor leisure spaces, including a large swimming platform, is incorporated within an elegant explorer-like look. Safety is at a premium in this multi-generation family yacht with high bulwarks on the side decks, and smart colour separations instead of open railings. The rhythmic lines, complex surfaces and sculptural elements will be as relaxing to the eye as the lifestyle onboard.


LOA 35.29m
Top speed 17 knots
Beam 8.19m
Fuel tank 25370l
Engine 2x MAN D2862LE489 V12 1450hp / 1066kW
Water tank 4090l

Under Construction: 2025
Hull no
Gross tonnage
295 GT
Hull material
Aluminium (AlMg4.5Mn – H321)

Superstructure material
Aluminium (AlMg4.5Mn – H321)
Hull Shape
Round bilged, Fast displacement
RINA C✠HULL • MACH; Ych – Short Range – Red Ensign Yacht code – Part A
Engine brand & type
2x MAN D2862LE489 V12 1450hp / 1066kW
Cruising speed
13.54 knots

Shaft & Propellor
Stainless steel water lubr. duplex ø=100mm, VEEM Ultraskew 5-bladed propellers Ø TBD.
2 x 65 kW Köhler 65EOZDJ 400 Volts 0.8PF 3 Phase 1800 RPM 60 Hertz. US EPA Tier 3 compliant.
Holding tank capacity

1 owner, 4 guests
Naval architect
Diana Yacht Design and Ginton Naval Architects
Exterior design
Guido de Groot Design
Interior design
Guido de Groot Design
Owner’s repr.
Will Noftsinger / Denison Yachting

General Arrangement

Inspired by success

The starting point for Project Samba was the hull design of the multi-award-winning Lady Lene. Leveraging on her proven engineering and naval architecture, Project Samba’s owners opted for a fast displacement hull with twin MAN 1450 hp diesels offering an expected top speed of around 17 knots. Lady Lene’s expansive aft deck area served as further inspiration while the rest of the yacht features pure bespoke thinking. Highlights include a beach club with chill-out area & sauna, a bridge deck saloon that opens up on three sides for maximum connection with the outside environment, and smart balconies next to the wheelhouse.

Home from home

Also designed and styled by Guido de Groot in close cooperation with the clients, the interior will reflect the family vibe onboard Project Samba. The galley will be regularly used by the owners with air extractors imbedded in the ceiling to stop culinary aromas spreading. A piece of art in its own right, the carefully angled central staircase will feature a single large column from lower to bridge deck. The master stateroom will be on the main deck with two VIPs and two twin suites below. Three crew cabins are located in the bow with a watertight bulkhead separation from the guest area for privacy. The captain will have a very comfortable cabin close to the wheelhouse which includes an office.